Level 4 Cert HE - High Speed Rail & Infrastructure


The Level 4 Cert HE in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure provides you with a broad introduction to the rail industry, and high-speed rail in particular. It offers the chance to learn technical knowledge and skills that will help you decide which area of the rail industry you would like to specialise in.
Pathway to a BSc
The course is part of a three-year flexible degree programme, delivered at NCATI and validated by Sheffield Hallam University.
After completing this course, you will get the opportunity to stay on for:

How to apply

You will need to apply via UCAS for this course. Search: “Sheffield Hallam University” and “Cert HE for High Speed Rail and Infrastructure” (UCAS code H231).
You cannot apply to the Level 5 or Level 6 courses in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure without first completing the Level 4 Cert HE.
However, you can apply to the Level 4 and Level 5 courses together as a two-year Cert HE & Foundation Degree package.

Who is this course aimed at?

The course is aimed at students aged 18 years or over who are new to the rail industry.

Course content

You will cover six mandatory modules over the course of the year:
  • Introduction to Technical Management and Systems Thinking
  • Introduction to the Management and Operation of the Railway
  • Introduction to the Railway System
  • Health, Safety and Security on the Railway and Social, Economic and Environmental Considerations
  • High Speed Rail in Context
  • Introduction to Railway Engineering

Progression opportunities

The course gives you a great foundation with a standalone Level 4 Cert HE qualification, which means you have a variety of options when you finish.
You could choose to continue your studies on this three-year flexible degree programme, with your second year progressing onto a Level 5 Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure, followed by an optional third year top-up to a Level 6 BSc in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure.
After achieving your Level 4 Cert HE, you could also choose to go straight into work, apply for a higher apprenticeship, or go on to another Level 5 Foundation Degree.

Qualification type

Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in High Speed Rail & Infrastructure


1 year, 3 days a week (Monday-Wednesday)

Course costs

Tuition fees are £9,250 and candidates will be able to apply for a Student Loan. This is available through Student Finance England. Go to gov.uk/student-finance for more information.


Birmingham campus only

Entry requirements

Level 2: GCSE Maths and English - grade 4/C
Level 3: Equivalent of 64 UCAS points e.g.,
2 x A Levels at grade C
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - Merit, Pass, Pass
Access to HE Diploma - 30 Passes, 15 Merits